Iraqi artwork on show at Beirut exhibition

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More than 50 paintings by around 25 Iraqi artists are currently being displayed in Zamaan Gallery in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, in an attempt to display war-ravaged Iraq’s identity.

As the name suggests, the display, called Palettes Irakiennes XIII, is currently on show for the 13th year in a row, according to the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star.

The paintings of one artist, Riyad Nemah, are bathed in blue hues while works by Tahsein al-Zeidy draw the viewer into a sometimes creepy, often surreal world.

Many works are abstract, with some featuring geometrical shapes often found with Arabic calligraphy and carpets from Iraq.

While work by some artists reveals a broad, creative vision, not all viewers are likely to be find something that suits their artistic tastes.

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